Description:  1939 Major

Model Name


Case Date


Case Serial


Signature Locations

Inside case, outside case, movement, dial

Case Signature Format

Inside - "Bulova, Fifth Ave, New York"

Outside - "B-"


8AE, 17 Jewels, Adjusted

Movement Date Code


Case Material Description

10K Gold Filled (yellow)

Case Dimensions

42.25 lug to lug x 21mm without crown

(32mm without lugs)

Case Type

Snap back, tonneau

Crystal Specifications

24.1mm x 17.8mm, tonneau (G-S MT349-25)

Other Details


NOTES:  I am tentatively identifying this model as the Major based on a process of elimination.  Five models are listed in G-S Catalog No. 43 as taking this crystal.  They are 1) Ambassador, 2) Commodore, 3) Major, 4) Montgomery, and 5) Webster.  The Ambassador, Commodore, and Montgomery are known models, leaving the Major and Webster.  Super sleuth Bob Butler just found an advertisement for the Webster (which, interestingly, has long been incorrectly identified elsewhere as the Oxford).  So, that leaves this model as the major--tentatively, until a confirming ad comes along to prove or disprove the supposition.  I also have this model with a black dial, also dated 1939.

1939 Major